Think back to the last trip you ever planned. You may have sat down, opened up a Google Doc or Excel sheet, jotted down some high level plans or destinations that you knew for sure you wanted to visit, written down dates, did some research, and then reshuffled/added/deleted some items based on the research you did. If you’ve ever gone through this or a similar process, then you’ve embarked on a roadmap journey with the goal of outlining your plans over an upcoming period.
Just like anything else you’ve planned in your life, a product roadmap should help describe a path from your current status to where you want to be down the road. While different companies / teams have different timelines, a product roadmap can span anywhere from 3 month to 24 month views of major feature sets/functionality that are planned for a product. Realistically, no one can ever anticipate delays / bugs or changes in deadlines so features that you definitely plan to complete should be located within the 3-6 month timeframe (at my current company, we plan out 3-6 months and re-evaluate the product roadmap every month to make sure we are on the right track based on knowledge gained from each additional month).